2012-05-11 / Top Stories

Booze-Filled Breezy Point Party Brings Busts

Two Breezy Point parents have been busted and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and unlawfully dealing with children in the wake of a “booze-filled party” that was uncovered by two patrol officers from the 100 Precinct at about 10:45 p.m. last Saturday night.

Information supplied by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown identifies the parents as Anthony and Claire Reyes of Beach 220 Street.

Official reports say that two police officers in a car patrolling the gated community noticed a large group of young teens drinking and making noise and stopped to investigate. They found “numerous minors drinking alcohol in the presence of the adults,” their report said.

Emergency Medical Service workers took two underage party-goers to a local hospital after receiving reports of alcohol abuse, fire department officials said.

A longtime Breezy Point resident, who asked not to be identified, told New York Times reporter Anne Bernard that residents often host beer parties for their teenage children because, “they would rather they drink at home than go down to the dark beach to drink.”

Residents say that the beer parties are “part of the culture.”

Mike Schramm, the editor of the Breezy Point News, told Bernard that his daughter is only 7, but that he did not know if, when she was a teenager, he would want her drinking on the beach.

Schramm added that his paper would not cover the story because he “prefers to accentuate the positive” in the community.

Residents say, however, that the private security patrol that covers the cooperative grounds on the western tip of the peninsula generally issues summonses to the party-goers, but does not report the incidents to the city police department.

The Times story said that the Reyes son is a student at the prestigious Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, and that at least some of the party-goers were members, along with Reyes, on the school’s lacrosse team.

The team trounced its chief rival, Horace Mann, that day, and some think that the party was held for the team to celebrate the win.

When Times reporters went to the Reyes home after the arrest, the father said that he had no knowledge of what the reporters were talking about.

“I don’t know what you are talking about,” he reportedly said and then slammed the door.

While each of the parents was originally charged with multiple charges of both endangering the welfare of a minor and unlawfully dealing with children, many of the charges were later dropped by the District Attorney’s office.

On Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson for Brown’s office said that each of the parents had been issued a Desk Appearance Ticket (DAT) that requires them to be back in court on July 14 to answer for one count of endangering the welfare of a minor and unlawfully dealing with children. Officials say that the latter charge is the one traditionally used when adults serve alcoholic beverages to minors.

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